Julian C. Chambliss is a Professor of English with an appointment in History and the Val Berryman Curator of History at the MSU Museum at Michigan State University. In addition, he is a core participant in the MSU College of Arts & Letters’ Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research (CEDAR). His research interests focus on race, culture, and power in real and imagined urban spaces. His recent writing has appeared in American Historical Review, Phylon, Frieze Magazine, Rhetoric Review, and Boston Review. An interdisciplinary scholar he has designed museum exhibitions, curated art shows, and created public history projects that trace community, ideology, and power in the United States.  
He is co-editor and contributor for Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience, a book examining the relationship between superheroes and the American Experience (2013). His recent book projects include Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domain (2018) and Cities Imagined: The African Diaspora in Media and History (2018). Chambliss is co-producer and host of Every Tongue Got to Confess, a podcast examining communities of color.  Every Tongue is the winner of the 2019 Hampton Dunn New Media Award from the Florida Historical Society. In addition, he co-produced and co-hosted with Dr. Robert Cassanello from the University of Central Florida of The Florida Constitution Podcast, a limited series podcast that won the 2019 Hampton Dunn Internet Award from Florida Historical Society. He is the producer and host of Reframing History, a podcast exploring humanities theory and practice in the United States. 


Ph.D.; United States History, University of Florida.  2004.

Other Publications


Cities Imagined: The African Diaspora in Media and History edited by Walter Greason and Julian C. Chambliss (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2018).

Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domain edited by Julian C. Chambliss, William Svitavsky, and Daniel Fandino (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2018)

Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men: Superheroes and the American Experience edited by Julian C. Chambliss, William Svitavsky, and Thomas C. Donaldson (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, September 2014), Paperback.

Book Chapters

“Introduction: Laboring for Freedom,” in Turner Families Stories, edited by Andy Kolovos (Middlebury: Vermont Folklife Center, Summer 2021).

“A Different Nation: Continuing a Legacy of Decolonization in Black Panther,” in Ages of the Black Panther edited by Joseph J. Darowski (Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2020).
“Brotherman and Big City: A Commentary on Superhero Geography,” in More Critical Approaches to Comics edited by Matthew J. Smith, Randy Duncan, and Matthew Brown (New York: Routledge, 2019).
“March 4, 1893,” in Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers by Matthew F. Delmont, (Stanford University Press, 2019).
“Don’t Call Them Memorials,” in Controversial Monuments and Memorials: A Guide for Community Leaders edited by David Allison (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018).

Julian C. Chambliss and Michael Gunter, “Understanding Our Urban Environment Better,” in Teaching Education for Sustainable Development at University Level edited by Walter Leal Filho and Paul Pace (Springer International Publishing, 2016).

“Archetype or Token?: The Challenge of the Black Panther,” in Marvel Comics into film: Essays on adaptations since the 1940s edited by Matthew McEniry, Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2016).

“War Machine: Blackness, Power, and Identity in Iron Man,” in The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times edited by Joseph J. Darowski (Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2015).
Wenxian Zhang, Rahim Raja, and Julian C Chambliss, “Race and Sport in the Florida Sun: The Rollins/Ohio Wesleyan Football Game of 1947,” Phylon 56, no. 2 (Winter 2019): 59–81.

Martha S. Cheng and Julian C. Chambliss, “The 1909 Plan of Chicago as Representative Anecdote: Envisioning Citizenship at the Turn of the Century,” Rhetoric Review (April 2016).

Kathryn Tomasek, Julian Chambliss, and Lloyd Benson, “Local Collections and Liberal Education in History,” In Proceedings of the 2012 NITLE Symposium, ed. Rebecca Frost Davis and Lisa Spiro. <http://symposium.nitle.org/concurrent-sessions-tuesday-april-17-2012/session-2-d-panel/local-collections-and-liberal-education-in-history-tomasek-benson-chambliss/

Julian C. Chambliss and Denise K. Cummings, “Florida: The Mediated State,” The Florida Historical Quarterly Volume 90, No 3. (Winter 2012).

Superhero Comics: Artifacts of the U.S. Experience,” Juniata Voices Volume 12 (Fall 2012): 145-151.

Digital Publications

Reframing Digital Humanities: Conversations with Digital Humanists

Growing from Reframing History, a podcast about history theory and practice, Reframing Digital Humanities: Conversations with Digital Humanists, Julian Chambliss, Professor of English at Michigan State University, brings together a diverse group of digital humanities practitioners to reflect on theory and practice.

EBOOK ISBN:  978-1-62610-103-6 


Comics as Data

A collaborative project that examines catalog data to explore North American comics. This project utilizes the largest publicly available collection of comic books housed in the Michigan State University Libraries (MSUL) to investigate how metadata might shed light on theme, locality, form, and aesthetics in comics.

Graphic Possibilities Comic Research Guide

A collaboration with the MSU Library, the purpose of this resource guide is to provide a foundation for people interested in studying, teaching, and contributing to comics and comics-based scholarship within the classroom.

Voices of the Black Imaginary Digital Oral History Project

VBI is a unique oral history archive derived from interviews with scholars and creatives engaged with Afrofuturism. Defined broadly, Afrofuturism offers a way to rethink the place of race, art, science, and design in society. With roots in a longer history of black speculative practice and Afrodiasporic experience, the practice and theory linked to Afrofuturism offers new ways to see and understand our world.

Critical Fanscape

Critical Fanscape is a collaborative digital project that utilize undergraduate collaborators to explore the MSU Library Comics Art Collection “Publication about Comics” subset. This project emphasizes digital recovery and understanding the critical cultural context linked to archive practice.

Advocate Recovered

Advocate Recovered is a digital recovery project focused on collecting and transcribing the fragment of the Winter Park Advocate, an African American newspaper published in Winter Park, Florida in the 1890s.

Graphic Possibilities Podcast

A project of the Department of English Graphic Possibilities Research Workshop, this podcast explores educators, makers, and scholars understand the comic medium


Reframing History

Reframing History is produced and hosted by Julian C. Chambliss and explores how historical narratives shape our perceptions of contemporary culture.


Every Tongue Got to Confess Podcast

Every Tongue Got to Confess is produced by the University of Central Florida Department of History, Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research (CEDAR), and the Association to Preserve Eatonville Community to explore issues linked to communities of color in the United States.





American Historical Association

Urban History Association

Society for American City and Regional Planning History

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